Curtain Factory Workers Break Windows During Strike

More than 400 employees of a curtain factory in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet City were on strike for the eighth day Thursday over alleged labor abuses and unmet demands, a day after some of the workers lobbed rocks at the building, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Chea Odom, a representative of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers at the Chinese-owned Beauty Windows factory, said the workers went on strike on August 12 because demands they had made in July went ignored.

He said some of them threw rocks at the factory on Wednesday, breaking widows.

“We tried to stop them, but we could not,” said union president Pav Sina. Factory manager Lin Ti Jin said the workers caused roughly $60,000 worth of damage and that he had not yet decided whether to file a complaint.

“We did not negotiate with the unionists,” he said.

However, Bavet City deputy city police chief Keo Sokhorn said the factory’s lawyer filed a complaint against the workers on Wednesday afternoon.

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